Daisy Waugh's commercial fiction debut is a wickedly funny satire of the bitch-eat-bitch world of celebrity PR, with an unexpected romantic heart. Welcome to the noughties. Can you take it? She's at the top of her profession, but Jo's social life is as much a game of survival as her work. This is London in 2001, where if you call your boyfriend on his mobile, you have to disguise your number or he won't pick up - he's always expecting someone more important to ring. Where your best friends think nothing of cancelling at the last minute, ten times in a row. Where commitment is a 'pencilled option on mutual time'. Where flexibility is the new etiquette that disguises plain rudeness. And success at work is everything. So it's more than a little inconvenient when Jo falls for a gorgeous singer, an upperclass dropout with an unreasonable attachment to old-fashioned, human values. What is she thinking of, and how on earth will she explain him to her friends? In Daisy Waugh's sparkling satirical novel two worlds collide in a delightfully and hilariously messy fashion - but will true love prevail?
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(197mm x 130mm x 21mm)
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Having the right attitude and the perfect image are already an essential part of Jo's life, but can she survive when life around her starts to get complicated? Jo works for the PR company, Top Spin, and is busy organizing a pop concert in aid of Meals For The Homeless. Part of the publicity is a documentary behind the scenes done by her producer boyfriend, Ed. However, the chance to win an award is ever in his mind and he jumps at a more promising opportunity, letting Jo down and putting her job on the line. Desperate to save her job, she turns to country boy Charlie, who needs a proper job but has neither the qualifications nor the image to get it. So Jo sets out to teach him and to replace him in Ed's job without anyone knowing - including Charlie. And so the cover-up begins; but will it succeed or end in tears? Can she create a career for Charlie while safeguarding her own, and in the process not lose the one man she has grown to love? This is an engaging love story of country meeting town, by the author of What is the Matter With Mary Jane? and A Small Town in Africa. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Daisy Waugh
Daisy Waugh is a journalist and travel writer. She has worked as an agony aunt and as a restaurant critic. She was a teacher at a girl's school in Northern Kenya and has also written a weekly column from Los Angeles about her attempts to become a Hollywood scriptwriter. Daisy and her family of five live in London.